Football review: Maroon alive

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Perhaps given how closely they ran Mayo (at least on the scoreboard) in the Connacht semi-final, it shouldn’t be any surprise that Galway are capable of the odd big result. Certainly, after their trouncing by Donegal in their opening fixture, a thrashing of Wicklow wasn’t likely to restore much morale for Armagh. But a win at the Athletic Grounds marks Galway’s first away victory in the qualifiers since 2001, their debut year, when the Tribesmen went on to win the All-Ireland outright. A home draw against relegated Derry next time out could well be the platform for a decent run into August.

As for Dublin… well, what does it tell you when a team can barely leave first gear and still win by 13 points?

The Dubs’ rating is virtually unchanged as a result of their facile win over Westmeath; Galway are the big winners jumping three places to 10th, while Armagh fall two in the meantime, softening the blow of Meath who lost away in Omagh. Fermanagh’s late win against Roscommon sees them jump two spots to 16th, while Roscommon slide one to 13th. Tipp jump one to 15th as a result of their win over a drowsy Louth.

Football rankings
(w/e July 12th, 2015)
1 Dublin 1980
2 Kerry 1842
3 Donegal 1836
4 Mayo 1797
5 Cork 1789
6 Monaghan 1700
7 Tyrone 1603
8 Derry 1507
9 Kildare 1471
10 (+3) Galway 1430
11 Meath 1392
12 (-2) Armagh 1368
13 (-1) Roscommon 1365
14 Down 1310
15 (+1) Tipperary 1263
16 (+2) Fermanagh 1253
17 (-2) Westmeath 1252
18 (-1) Cavan 1234
19 Laois 1207
20 Sligo 1205
21 Longford 1091
22 Wexford 1076
23 (+1) Clare 1036
24 (-1) Louth 1021
25 Limerick 1016
26 Offaly 982
27 Antrim 934
28 Leitrim 849
29 Wicklow 761
30 Carlow 682
31 Waterford 616
32 London 563

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